Vicki Webb is taken back to school as she enjoys a night at the theatre watching The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical. 

Children playing on swings in Matilda The Musical. Credit Manuel Harlan

Credit: Maunel Harlan

It was with great delight that my eight year old daughter and I took our seats and immediately started searching for words on the giant scrabble-style tiles set while waiting for the show to start. And once it did, it didn’t disappoint.

Roald Dahl’s much-loved book has been slightly updated in Dennis Kelly’s theatre version, which sees Matilda a little more feisty and, in my opinion, much more believable as a child of today. The show tells the story of five year old Matilda Wormwood, who has an extraordinary brain and, while all her peers' parents think they have little miracles, Matilda's parents think she is stupid because of her love of reading. By the time she starts school, she has already learned how to read and knows all her times tables. This brings Matilda to the attention of Miss Honey, who goes out of her way to encourage the young genius, infuriating the horrible headteacher Miss Trunchball, who believes all children are “Maggots”.  

Elliot Harper as Miss Trunchball

Image: Elliot Harper as Miss Trunchball

The young cast were the stars of the show as they seamlessly delivered lines and some catchy tunes, all teamed with excellent choreography. Matilda (played by Olivia Juno Cleverly) was a delight to watch and Elliot Harper delivered Miss Trunchball to perfection - the baddy you love to hate!

The production was faultless and I would happily watch this show again and again, just like I have read the book. The final song Revolting Children was our favourite. My daughter has still not stopped singing this number and it just proves, sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Muscial runs until Saturday 8 June. Tickets are still available to some performances and can be bought from here


Matilda The Musical at The Bristol Hippodrome
Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

The Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol Hippodrome theatre inside

One of the country's top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions.